India To Get 1 Million Electric Three-Wheelers For Ride-Hailing

MAY 18 2018 BY MARK KANE 12

Ola, the Indian ride-hailing company backed by Japan’s SoftBank Group, announced a new platform “Mission: Electric” for electrification of ride-hailing in India.

Ola electric vehicles in India

The new project is envisioned to make sustainable technologies cost-effective and viable in daily mobility together with driver-partners, cities, vehicle manufacturers, battery companies, and others.

Within the next 12 months, Ola intends to place 10,000 E-rickshaws and Electric auto-rickshaws.

By 2021, the number is expected to increase to one million, which would mean 990,000 to be put on the road in 36 months.

Read Also – Uber Will Partner With Mahindra To Deploy Electric Cars In India

Currently Ola operates in 110 Indian cities and EVs will be initially introduced only in three of them. In total over a million drivers are Ola partners.

According to reports, the switch will not be easy:

“Ola did not say which manufacturers would provide the three-wheelers or whether it would be the company making the purchases or whether the vehicles would be driver-owned. It also did not provide details of when it planned to introduce electric cars.

Last May, Ola launched a pilot project to test a fleet of electric vehicles in the Western city of Nagpur. But its drivers, unhappy with long wait times at charging stations and high operating expenses, said they want to return the cars.

“The EV (electric vehicle) program in Nagpur has provided Ola with significant insights into effectively managing vehicles, batteries and operations,” the company said in the statement on Monday. It added that it plans to continue exploring ways to optimize batteries and charging.”

More about Mission: Electric here.

Source: Reuters

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The Mahindra e20 is really the scale of EV that most of the world needs.

Most of the world… then we are not talking an electric car but an electric bike/moped.

The e20 (aka Reva) gets 75 miles on a 11kWh battery. That is only slightly less than what a Zero motorbike gets.

Most of the world doesn’t need remotely close to 75 miles. The Zero is super super super expensive. For an electric bike or moped you only need 0,3-3 kWh for most models and can be bought for less than $500.

Electric tuk tuks- brilliant!! Jeez, I can’t wait to see the positive impact on high-density cities’ air quality in the coming future!

Imagine being able to walk along the road in a place like Manila and not become dizzy because of the fumes and lack of oxygen.

Right. Electric Jeepneys would help too.
Although many air quality problems in India are due to the annual burning of the fields.
https://herald.dawn.com/news/1153907

It’s a small portion and for a short time, but getting rid of all different sources of air quality problems is of course important.

What’s missing from the story is that this is corporate trying to catch up with ordinary auto-rickshaw drivers. Researchers at CSE India let me now that 100,000s DYI e-converted auto-rickshaws plow Indian roads. Here’s the exact quote of what they sent me last year:

“Please do note that most of the action in India is in the electric 2 and 3 wheeler segments. Estimates suggest that 800000-1 million of these exist in India, mostly produced in the past 3-4 years. … Most are low-speed electric 3 wheelers used as shared modes of informal intermediate public transport for short journeys. Most of these (more than 95%) are assembled in India, with the drivetrain imported from China/Far East, with zinc-ion/older tech batteries. These have been one of the largest informal growth stories in the recent past in the EV sector in India. They have arisen mostly informally and organically, without any coordinated efforts to promote them.”

The industry body, SMEV [the organization reporting official EV numbers], is unfortunately made up of organised OEM’s, and does not acknowledge smaller electric 3W players in the market. “

Ah, so the real story is poor quality batteries, or these would succeed massively.

Well a million of these three wheelers plus adding 175GW of renewable energy by 2022 is a move in the right direction.

Excellent news. A small company like Ola can do, then bigger companies like Maruti, Tata, Mahindra can easily go electric.